Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

by Carmen Corbin on February 24, 2012

The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate, but it’s also one of the most obvious eyesores, especially if you have an ugly or outdated cabinets.  Unless your kitchen cabinets are damaged beyond repair, you probably won’t have to go into debt to get the fresh, updated look you want.  The solution?  Cabinet refacing!

Save Money and Time

Of course, there will be some cost involved, but it pales in comparison to purchasing brand new cabinets.  And because your kitchen won’t be dismantled, you’ll have less construction mess to contend with.   This particular project could definitely be done by the homeowner (or some talented in-laws), but a professional contractor could get it done quicker and more accurately. 

Cabinet refacing is basically done by replacing your cabinet doors with new ones, and then covering the cabinet frames with a matching veneer.  Here are the basics of what is involved:

  1. Measure your existing cabinet doors and then order new ones in the same sizes.  You’ll also be ordering a peel and stick veneer that matches the new doors.
  2. When you’re ready to start the refinishing, remove the old cabinet doors.
  3. Clean all cabinet surfaces thoroughly to remove dirt, dust and grease.
  4. With a sharp utility knife, cut a piece of veneer that is about a half inch wider than each cabinet frame surface.  The veneer has a very strong adhesive, so measure twice and cut once!
  5. Carefully place the veneer piece on the first surface and peel off the backing.  Press firmly with a wood block and then trim off the excess veneer.
  6. When all frame surfaces have been covered, install the new cabinet doors.
  7. Attach new knobs and drawer pulls.  It helps to make a cardboard template so that each hole is drilled in a uniform spot.

Now that your kitchen cabinets have a beautiful new look, you won’t want a chipped laminate countertop or an overly country floral tile backsplash to be the focus of the room.  Talk to your home improvement contractor about an estimate for countertop refinishing or tile refinishing.  If your bathrooms are also due for an update, you may want to think about refinishing tubs, sinks and vanities as well. 

For more information on refacing your kitchen cabinets, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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